First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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When is Enough Enough The DEAs Response on drug control is ridiculous All they are doing is sending legitamate law abiding pain patients to the streets to relieve the pain and withdrawls. Something needs to be done. I myself have chose to stop seeing any doctors. and i have diabetes High BP and high Cholestorol..If they cant treat me as a whole patient then to hell with them. I have been on chronic pain meds 180 MG per day for years. Im not going into the whole needing increases due to drug tolerance. Also why am i forced to pay Health Ins. if i dont intend on seeing these bunch of phony control freak doctors.Afraid to write scripts for fear of Big Brother looking over ther,e shoulders.Thanks DEA i will now need to find my relief on the streets.
When is Enough Enough The DEAs Response on drug control is ridiculous All they are doing is sending legitamate law abiding pain patients to the streets to relieve the pain and withdrawls. Something needs to be done. I myself have chose to stop seeing any doctors. and i have diabetes High BP and high Cholestorol..If they cant treat me as a whole patient then to hell with them. I have been on chronic pain meds 180 MG per day for years. Im not going into the whole needing increases due to drug tolerance. Also why am i forced to pay Health Ins. if i dont intend on seeing these bunch of phony control freak doctors.Afraid to write scripts for fear of Big Brother looking over ther,e shoulders.Thanks DEA i will now need to find my relief on the streets.
My doctor tells me my pain is worse that metastasized bone cancer from the Adhesive Arachnoiditis I suffer. I never know if I will get the pain medication the doctor prescribes for me because of the Justice department pressure on pharmacies. I am 61 and have never been arrested
I have spinal Arachnoiditis. A horrible and very painful disease. I am lucky to have a pain dr that treats me with respect. .as a pain specialist he is being watched. If something would happen to him it would probably be impossible to find another one with a heart. When giving Dr's a hard time about drugs think about people like me
There will be many chronic pain patients ending their lives early. My spinal cord is being smashed with spinal stenosis. I worked 20 years in pain without seeing a dr because of this behavior toward pain patients. Finally I had no choice and had to go to a dr. I have 14 major chronic pain issues and one pill a day and then one pill for breakthrough pain is a laugh. I spent Christmas eve alone because I was in too much pain to leave. I have left the house to go to the Dr and to get food and that's all I can manage to do. There will be an abundance of people aplying for disability because you are not giving them pain meds so they can continue to contribute to society. It should be easy to figure out who the drug seekers are and who the real pain patients are. Get it figured out before you have have mass suicides and mass overdoses from desperate pain patients with credibility seeking any way to stay out of pain to keep from suicidal tendencies to resolve a chronic pain problem that never does go away. It is mental and physical abuse that you are putting credible pain patients through. No one wakes up and says I want to be a chronic pain patient for the rest of my life and I want everyone to treat me like I am a bad person because I have to try to live day to day. No one understands or cares what chronic pain is until it happens to them.
I live in Las Cruces, NM, a city 35 minutes away from El Paso, TX which is directly next to the Ciudad Juares, Mexico. The DEA in this region has been particularly nasty in their behavior towards pain management doctors and clinics. They came from El Paso/a different state, to my city in 2012 and railroaded an absolutely wonderful doctor-MY doctor who was a Neurologist/Psychiatrist/Pain Managment physician. He had close to 5,000 patients because there are only a handful of pain management doctors in Las Cruces. He was extremely well educated in pain Managment, and provided me with a regimen of medications that was absolutely superb in keeping my chronic pain from Lupus, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Psoriatic Arthritis. My pain from this disease Lupus and other mentioned ailments has prevented me from leading a normal life in every way. I cannot work, have lost contact with all friends and my relationship with my life partner has faded into more of a friendship like roommates. The pain I experience is brutal and I daily consider suicide, which truly is in reality now the only way to escape the nightmare that is now my life. About my former doctor, the DEA decided to go after him because he was apparently the #1 prescriber of pain medication in the state of NM. Someone has to be #1. In early 2011 there was suddenly a sign up in the waiting room, that wrote: Please ask the receptionist before you use the bathroom if a urine sample is required of you today. Refusal to provide a sample if requested will result in your appointment cancelled and rescheduled, and you may not see the doctor; At first after I was asked to give a sample under this duress, I asked why they were doing this. I was told by a supposed new employee of my doctor (who turned out to be a DEA employee) that they just wanted to better ensure that the specific medications I was taking were at proper levels in my system. They said that they were just checking the levels of medication to see if the medications were right for me...as if I couldn't just tell them if my medication was working or not. My doctor told me from the first time I was forced to give a urine sample that he had NO interest in my urine, that he didn't request it and that it was the DEA behind it that was collecting the samples. They did not follow proper laboratory procedures, there was no chain of custody either. Also, they did not just check for the specific medications I was on. They ran a screen for 17 various illegal schedule 1 drugs, every schedule 2 narcotic medication and some schedule 3 medications. The lab bills all were always over $1,000USD and my insurance was not paying out for these tests because they were not medically necessary. I have ended up with several thousand dollars of unpaid laboratory services billed to me and eventually have been turned over to collection agencies for inability to pay. As each appointment one after another since the supposedly random screens began, I was forced to provide uri
I am dealing with this issue with my elderly father. He has been through alot over the years a a coal mining accident that pretty much severed his leg and a motorcycle accident that damaged his other leg nd shorter his abdomen never complained about the pain and now that he fell and hurt his hip and has complained about pain no doctor will help him help they say that he needs a hip replacement and or injections but they can't do it to a wound but in the meantim I don't understand why they let my 78 years old suffer ithey should all be ashamed of themselves
My "Doctor", I say loosely since he is choosing to avoid treating me, has labeled me as drug seeking without any evidence of such behavior. I was recently diagnosed with a Labral tear in my hip, tendonitis of the hip and bursitis of the hip. I have had to live with severe pain for 5 months because without repeated test results confirming the diagnosis I was given originally 5 months ago, after a fall down the stairs,I was seen to be "faking" or just looking to score pain meds. What may have bean just the cartiledge tear has become a far more complex and painful problem because doctors are freaked out the moment they hear " I am in pain". I have been on absolutely NO pain medicine in the last 5 months. I am on a once daily NSAID. This is abuse. I am terrified of what to expect after my hip surgery.
Every other type of treating my pain has
been tried & didn't help!! I have no more
control over what meds help me than
how strong an antibiotic needs to be to
stop an infection! I can't even walk now
& have an electric scooter!! When my
pain is controlled well enough I can walk
at least some. I can't even go to church
anymore!! I have to much pain!! This is
beyond Ridiculous!! We had a local
politician who mouthed off about this very
thing- then guess what?! He got ill &
now has severe chronic pain & Now he's
crying for our side now, but also because
he's in so much pain!! Then to top things
off: yes pharmacies get into the act like
they must sit around and have meetings
about How they're gonna catch the next
big drug ring by overly scrutinizing
prescriptions. But if that wasnt bad
enough by lying, holding onto
prescriptions & even bullying drs to
change them!! If you want to be a cop
or DEA agent- then go apply for a job
there!! Of course precautions should be
taken- but these kinds of things should be criminal!! I wouldn't be surprised if some pharmacies get sued for this kind of
behavior!! As if U/As (urine sample tests)
at a drs office don't make you feel like
you're being treated like a drug addict-
now pharmacies are limited as to how
much of these pain meds they can even
order!! Come on, really?! I only wish there
was a way to measure how much pain
you're in & that maybe drs & pharms & the
other people in control of these unhelpful limitations!!! I can guarantee it'd be enough
pain to knock you down and make you
scream too!!!!
I've had intractable pain since 2004 due to three failed back surgeries and spinal injections leading to Arachnoiditis. Since 2004, I have been able to reduce my narcotic usage in half, yet I feel like I'm being punished. I've been OK with a pain contract to make sure I'm not going to other doctors to get pain meds, but each year the DEA has forced my pain doctor to require UAs to prove I'm using my medication. I can no longer get three month mail order prescriptions and must visit the doctor once a month leading to extra expenses of using local pharmacies, UA expenses, doctor expenses and transportation costs. It's as if the DEA has attacked me for their unsuccessful enforcement actions. FIRST DO NO HARM! The extra expenses has forced me in to a deeper depression and more anxiety and it get worse every year. DEA, don't blame me... I didn't cause this problem.
when policy ties the hands of doctors, they no longer practice medicine, they practice policy.
when a pain contract instills fear instead of hope it is an abuse of the patient, there is something wrong when doctors and er rooms and hospitals are in fear of their livelihood and the patient is the one who pays for it with their livelihood....
There is something seriously wrong when a society denies relief to their citizens who suffer in pain.
Both my Husband John M. Hall and I are in Chronic Pain. The clinic that we had been going to for 20 years has changed to a concierge type clinic, and will not treat any patient in Chronic Pain. I have tried to find a doctor in Lewis County, and no one will help us. I have had 17 back surgeries, Arachnoiditis, Obturator Neuropathy, Arthritis, both left & right S/I joints displaced, a tumor at L2, Spondylitis, and Thalassemia. My Husband John M. Hall has severe Arthritis, both knee replacements, Lymphedema which causes his legs & feet to swell up, & he can hardly walk. We cannot find anyone in our area that will treat our conditions with any Pain Medications. It is not fair to lump us with the people that abuse their pain meds. Our doctors are afraid to give us the necessary pain medications, because the DEA has placed them on such a harsh conditions to treat their patients in Chronic Pain. We are in our 70's and it we should not be restricted on our pain medications, because the doctors are fearful of retaliation from the DEA if they help their patient in Chronic Pain. It is just not right. Each case should be validated on the patients poor health and the need for pain medications. This needs to be correct NOW !!! It does not need a long study to decide if we can receive our pain medications. If a study is required, by the time it is approved, we shall be dead. Please act on this matter now, and do not make us suffer any longer for your decision to help us.
Thank you, & God bless, John & Florence Hall
I am so depressed from the chronic pain, and more depressed with unimaginable abusive doctors, and abusive pharmacists. I cringe when I have to go see them both. Why has our government done this to us? I cannot even find an attorney to help.
it is worse at the VA Doctors are now afraid to give any help to us Vet's
I have been treated for pain since 2008 , after having 3 back surgeries and rhumetoid arthritis as well as spinal stenosis I was considering a fourth surgery on my lumbar spine. Recently found out I am unexpectedly pregnant and now no doctors will treat me for my chronic pain that I've been treated for four many years. With depression and anxiety as well as quality of life and family situations getting worse everyday due to pain. I am not sure where to turn for help pregnancy is only making my pain more unbearable that could simply be treated but due to new laws myself and unborn child are at more risk of having problems physically and mentally due to non treatment.
15 years + chronic pain sufferer. It has become increasingly difficult to fill my prescriptions for pain medicine at the pharmacy. Sometimes they don't have it and they say that they are not allowed to tell customers when they will get it. I was told check back every day although they can not tell you over the phone!. A chronic pain patient has to physically go to the pharmacy everyday (without pain medication) to see if they have the medicine that you need to live a somewhat normal life, does this make sense to anyone? I can hardly walk without pain meds and I am in extreme pain. Some days just getting out of bed to use the bathroom is super hard and they want me to go to the pharmacy? Really? This war on Drugs has turned into a war on chronic pain sufferers. Unless you've been there it's hard to understand I know but come on we need help and compassion and things to be easier, not more difficult, I have enough challenges already thank you very much! My health issues are medically documented for over 15 years, I am 53 years old with numerous surgeries and treatments under my belt at this point and I really hope things get easier and I will be treated with Respect, Compassion and enabled to keep some level of Dignity as I travel through this life into my Golden years. Things have got to change.
I have recently been released from the hospital, after having a serious motorcycle accident my leg was reattached, I've been home for two weeks now. I have called numerous pain management offices. I have yet to find one that will help me. I'm out of medication I am in pain. I'm asking, make it easier for these drs. To Prescribe These meds. I need.
DEA-Goverment obviously does not care one bit that it's citizens are suffering. Truly disgraceful. Future is looking bleak.
I am so angry right now I cannot see through my tears. It is 5:49 a.m. on my day off and I have been up since 4 and it is my day off ! I hurt so bad I would have to die to feel better. I am 54 and suffer from chronic pain. I am in WV. The DEA needs shut down. I am an American and the quality of my life matters, to me at least.
It's time for our government to end it's war on our own citizens.
The DEA should be closed down.
For four months, I have suffered in terrible pain. I was in an automobile accident that was not my fault which resulted in a herniated disc in my lower back. I have constant pain in my lower back and down the back and sides of my left leg. I have been to a Pain Management that gave me nerve block shots that hurt me more than helped and sent me home with one 5mg perc a day, been to ER and Urgent Care 4 times and every doctor tells me they can't help me with my pain as "The Stat of Ohio has there hands tied". What can I do? I fear I may end up committing suicide if I am unable to find surgery or pain medicine soon. I can't continue to live like this in so much pain constantly.
I am 73 and suffer arthritis pain every day. I can't understand the reasoning behind making it so difficult for my doctor to just prescribe some simple pain medication. At my age, this will not get better, only worse. My doctor is sympathetic, yet the rules set down by the DEA would have me driving fifty miles every month to go to her office in order to refill a 30 day prescription. At my age, heading into winter, living in the rural foothills of the Cascade Mountains that will not be an option. She tells me that it's because "people" abuse the medication. People "abuse" alcohol as well, but they can buy that on every corner. All I can say is, thank God our state has legalized marihuana.
help someone' had a bad accident crushed L3
MRI show all that is wrong after repairs 6 years later they are cutting me off pain meds that work my pain is intense and real what can i do i want these lawmakers to live with half my pain help someone please im hurting need help tell me there is a way to get my pain meds
First off, my wife is suffering from stage 4 cancer. She is unable to work and the new laws set in place and demonizing of her pain meds is very hard to deal with. All you lawmakers who think you're so clever by signing the bill into effect I hope you all die slow painful deaths without aid of any pain meds. And **** the dea! Too scared to attack the drug cartels anymore? War on drugs is a waste of money and manpower.
My daughter suffers from Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) which leaves her pretty much unresponsive from the waist down. Because her spinal cord was crushed she lives with a great deal of pain both nerve and muscle. To begin with she would not be in this condition if when she first went to emergency she was treated for her symptoms instead of someone looking for pain medication. Instead she was left for 16 hours while the disc ruptured and crushed her spinal cord. This happened in 2006. She has been able to manage the pain up until this new legislation. Now she is looked at even more so as someone just wanting pills. Recently we moved to Ohio and she has had to find a new doctor. She was referred to a pain management clinic. She was sent away on the first visit because she did not as yet have an Ohio drivers license. When we arrived the second time we saw that the facility itself was dirty with ripped furniture in the waiting room. She first was interrogated by a very uncaring woman. When we finally met with the doctor he looked at her as though she was just another addict wanting drugs. He went on and on about the new rules set down by the state of Ohio some of which I do not believe exist. He explained to her that he had to exhaust all other types of pain management before she could be given any narcotics. She told him that she had done all of that in Florida. He said that she should have brought her records with her and that he could do nothing until she did. She asked why she wasn't told that when she made the appointment. He said that was her responsibility to know that. Even then he would have to try all other treatments first which included a morphine pump and injections into the spine. Now there are two visits that are being billed to her insurance with absolutely no outcome. It is very evident that these clinics are there to make money by billing insurance for all of these experiments. I would like to see what they bill for a TENS unit, morphine pump, nerve blocker, nerve burn, or their many other experiments. Does this make sense that they would prescribe a morphine pump, she wants to be able to function not be a zombie. They do not want to prescribe pain pills because there is no money in it. They have turned this legislation into a money making machine at the expense of patients that need their help in maintaining some sort of normalness to their lives. I recall when my mother was on her deathbed and they would not give her narcotics to relieve the pain because she might become addicted, how insane is that. It is time you legislators take a good look at the results of this legislation and stop this madness. It is also time for doctors to stop looking at everyone that comes in with serious pain issues as though they are drug addicts.
I am young. I am disabled. I am in pain. I am an American. I deserve relief from my pain.
To the any person(s) concerned:

I believe millions of chronic pain patients would be willing to contribute, monetarily, what we could to retain a law firm to begin the process of a class action lawsuit against the DEA, FDA, HHS or the govt entity in charge of these people making these decisions that hinder the lives of millions upon millions of people. Come on, they only received 573 letters/comments and their decision was weighted by these few comments which, I believe, 57% were FOR the rescheduling; what is that less than 300 people's comments? And that was enough for them. What a JOKE; these folks are part of the US Govt. and that is SCARY.
I just wouldn't not where to start or who to contact, but I would contribute as I believe many would also. Just a thought.
End the pain for the people that need there pain killers. Make stricter laws against abusers ,dealers not the rest of us. Reschedule hydrocodone back to a 3. It works for so many of us. Quit being cruel to all of us honest Americans that need this to live a good life.
it is in- humane that legitimate pain patients have to suffer be cause the sea can't come up with an effective way to continue their war on drugs. Actually I won't be surprised to find special interest groups behind this. This problem needs to be dealt with without causing needless suffering.
My back pain is so debilitating that with out pain meds I remain in bed unable to participate in any physical activities and de conditioning of my entire body occurs. I need help to get past the pain of a failed back surgery complicated by psoriatic arthritis. I have started to be active with the help of low dose methadone and even with it I have to stop and rest lying down frequently
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way! Contact Info. Fieger Law; 19390 W 10 Mile Rd; Southfield, MI 48075; Phone: (248) 355-5555
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way!
I am afraid our complaints and issues are all falling on deaf ears. When the DEA makes a ruling I have never heard of it being reversed. Look at the pseudofed rule....how ridiculous was that ? Did that really stop or slow down meth labs? NO, and that was illegal behavior, yet, we are all treated like a potential meth lab in the making. The government now sees us all as potential drug dealers, handing out our pain medications to our family and friends. This is how they see us, like it or not! The FDA and DEA did this for other reasons. This was something they had been cooking up for a long time....profit motive? maybe. Who knows. The government isn't going to tell the public. This was a self-perpetuating move, providing more reasons for the DEA to exist, that is all. They care more about their own budget than whether you or I can get what we need to control pathological pain. The DEA says it has not changed anything, right? Wrong! Now, pharmacies can only purchase small amounts of HCP's under the Sch. II designation. Before, pharmacies could order much more of the drug to fill prescriptions for the public needs under Sch. III. The funnel has been narrowed greatly as far as access to pain medications. Why was Ultram made a schedule IV drug? Not because it is addictive or being diverted, but so it can be substituted for HCP's, and that is all. Ultram is not even a real opiate, like morphine or codeine, and its abuse potential is not on the same level as any of the opiates. It is all a trumped up scam on the public. The FDA works in collusion with the DEA and pharmaceutical industry on this. There is something else behind it. Maybe its the approval of a new drug(s)! Maybe its the need to prosecute and incarcerate more of the public or fine more of the public to swell the already bloated coffers of the state, local, or federal caches. Whatever the reason, it is not legitimate. That is for sure. We may never know the full truth. The compassionate movement to help treat people in pain and discomfort will probably have to move underground. What other options are there? I don't blame M.D.'s for being wary of the govt. on this. They could be prosecuted for treating somebody's pain. This is plain and simple. The DEA and FDA says nothing else has changed.....what a lie! By the way, our DEA has influence in other countries, as well. What our government does sways other governments, too. Don't think it does not. The DEA has its fingers in Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Don't bet that it doesn't. Self perpetuating just like our pentagon and military industrial complex. Start wars to keep the budget bloated. Feed fears and skew statistics to keep people dumbed down
I have severely deformed knees and take Vicodin for the pain. So now the FDA is going to lump me in with all the drug addicts?! Nice going FDA you are all a bunch of idiots!!!
If something happens to him because he cannot get this prescribed medication filled because of your "agency" interfering with his civil rights - you will be held accountable.
None of this would have happened had the FDA, DEA and HHS advertised as much BEFORE the rescheduling as they have AFTER. NOW, it seems every 3-4 days you read an article about how evil HCPs are; What part of the country takes more HCP, the NFL was visited by DEA to assess HCP abuse, HCP abuse among hardcore drug users, etc, etc.
Now, if the powers that be are satisfied with the 573 comments/letters it received during the minimally publicized opened comments period so be it.
How many average Americans suffering from chronic pain have heard of the Federal Registry? I had never known such a thing existed until this came about. Maybe because my concerns and worries were geared more toward surviving paycheck to paycheck in this economy. I was worried about whether or not I would be able to afford my pain medications; should I forego the electric bill this month to get my prescriptions? should I cut back on my blood pressure medicine to make it last an extra month so I can get my pain medications?
One thing about our current govt is that it starts up committee after committee, panel after panel, agency after agency...all in a concerted effort to confuse the American people. And they have succeeded. So many committees and not enough OR no oversight because all politicians are on some type of committee or ten of them; no one has time for oversight. Some groups or committees are necessary, like the group that received funding just last week to study cow flatulence others, not so much, like the agency that has led a failed war on drugs; marijuana is legal in some form or fashion in all but a few states; yet it's still classified as illegal under federal law. This agency has gone from a failed drug war to practicing medicine; one extreme to the other. Alas, jack of all trades, master of NONE.
REPEAL this atrocity of HCP rescheduling and ask for a public vote and let the American people have a voice in their healthcare, lest you are a dictatorship; my way or the highway!
I could careless about who OD's by MIXING medications due to their stupidity; they asked for and met their fate. NOT MY FAULT, DONT PUNISH ME by taking away my only hope for alleviating pain to some degree that I can function in society. Many docs just quit dealing with HCPs due to the extensive, burdensome requirements set forth by the govt that it's an injustice to people who REALLY have need for them. "With all these new restrictions and requirements, It's just not worth it anymore", my doctor told me when he, cold turkey, cut me off hydrocodone.
God Bless Us.
I contemplated suicide 3 times last week. I am being forced off my hydrocodone that I take ONCE a day (at bedtime) for osteomalacia and rheumatoid arthritis. Each of these conditions have been verified by BLOOD TESTS. I was transferred to a pain management doc whose 1st suggestion is for me to move to a FENTANYL PATCH! I went home to read about what that entails & learned quickly that I do NOT want Fentanyl in my life!!! I am sick and filled with grief from the deep aching pain of bone pain. During the day I am in pain, but I have learned compensatory strategies for reducing the pain. On some days I accidentally burn my hands because sticking them under hot running water is a GIGANTIC relief, but eventually it does numb them I think. Anyway, I am BEGGING BEGGING BEGGING the DHHS Burwell to step in and save us. She has ULTIMATE authority over scheduling. She CAN ORDER a reschedule back to III if she wants. I think we need a petition to her as well. We must do something people. All of this is coming from the Muslim influence of the current President and DEA director. You cannot get a doctor anywhere in the middle east to prescribe an opiate for pain. Their response? "It is TOXIC." even Tramadol is described as toxic. When a patient has surgery they are given one day of IV Toradol and then a preacher prays for them HAHAH I promise. Do some checking and see if I tell the truth. Anyway...GET THE MUSLIM OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE and then start a campaign against the Director of HHS Dr. Burwell.
My Pain Management Doctor told me a year ago that Kaiser would no longer cover my long lasting Pain Meds.
He lied, then he told me about the new FDA safe prescribing guidelines and said that even though I have been on the same dosage of meds for 6 years I needed to be cut down to a fraction of what I have been taking.
My primary care doctor started cutting my meds by one tablet a month until I could not tolerate the pain.
I asked if I could have a while longer to adjust to the new dosage and get through the busiest time of the year at my job and he did but now he is going back to cutting my meds by one tablet a month.
When I asked my Pain Doctor what would happen if my pain treatment was not effective and I got to the point where I can't take the pain and he said I should get another insurance.
my insurance is through my work and is already too expensive and if I try the affordable care coverage it is twice as much.
Please repeal these unfair and cruel laws and guidelines and stop using scare tactics on doctors trying to treat real pain patients.
I have had chronic pain for 11 years. This last year, since joining a HMO, I have had horrible problems
with doctors who don't want to prescribe opiates.
Also, the first doctor I went to wrote libelous statements, false and distorted statements in my medical record and stated my pain was largely psychological. He even misdiagnosed me so he could try and get me off my meds.
Other HCP will look at my chart
and will read this dribble. So, not only are doctors
tRYing to take their patients off of pain meds: some of them are defaming their character, making up lies about them and it's all in your medical record.
This is not only unethical but probably illegal as well. So, when it comes down to it; who is more important: the doctor or the patient.
The strong vs the weak. We as patients with chron ic severe pain know the answer to that.
We are actually being discriminated
against. The right to pain control is a HUMAN RIGHT AND our human rights are being denied.
These doctors who write lies in their
records about chronic pain patients are ruining our
lives. We could end up with NOTHING FOR PAIN.
Some of us will suffer so much that we may want to
take our own lifes. Is this really a democracy?
Tired of feeling criminal every time I have a doctors visit to get a script refilled every 30 days for pain I've had since my early 20s! Having to give a urine sample that is being billed to my insurance for over a $1,000 a month because my physician feels he has to protect himself with proving I'm not smoking crack or taking an array of 15 other drugs I've never ever heard of?? This is causing me so much anxiety that my blood pressure is sky high in the doctors office on every visit. I hope I can wean off of this and still function every day as a productive citizen in society? I guess the government would rather have me on early disability than paying my way. Sorry, but I cannot afford to have pay Obama's "High Deductible" health insurance plan and having to ignoring what ever health issues comes my way because all of my savings is going for a **** test for taking medication I've been on for the past 12 yrs! Less overdoses for OPIATES while cheap heroin overdoses sky rocket! Doesn't make sense...
Tired of being called an addict and discriminated for pain medications? They don't have the right to discriminate against us for being in pain....

Fight Back and Sign the Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/stop-pharmacy-abuse-discrimination-and-restore-peace-by-billy-earley
I went to the pharmacist the other day I had a count of 131 and they only put a medications in my pill bottle I called them up and told him it took a week to finally get my meds I don't think they have quality control I called dea cops some other things people havent got back with me so I could actually get this case working I ask the pharmacist what about my medication he says oh I didn't feel it the other guy did I said well the owner wants me to deal with you so its all messed up I asked me on her I said I need to rectify this and get my medication roxicodone 30 if I don't I'm going to be sick owner of the store deon******is suntree pharmacy in Melbourne Florida told me that she doesn't care if I get sickher name is deon Clark not******but anyways I'm speaking into this stupid machine so I finally call the pharmacist that is the owner but I was going to get sick without my meds and she told me I really don't care I don't have time for this I don't care if you get sick or not so get out of here you're insulting my intelligence and I left and she says the man will be back Wednesday talk to him about your medication so he didn't even work the two days and I got my meds and went to pick them up in the man that did tell him he says all remember anything and they finally give me my medication I had 231 pills coming into a bottle and only a hundred would fit into the bottle so the prescription supposed to be 131 and I told the pharmacist if he could put a hard for you want pills and put that bottle I would walk out and never come back well guess what the medication didn't fill the bottle it poured over his hands all over the table the owner of the pharmacy deon far as suntree pharmacy on Wickham Road in Melbourne Florida she saw this her face turned red and she started walking out of the building real fast and I'll come back when she walked out I had a friend of my vehicle the saw her she walk real fast and show her she was embarrassed and scared it took her 2 minutes to get into a brand new BMW it's very sad and sick and they think it's all over but its not all over its just the beginning cuz I'm an advocate and I will get to the bottom of this I make some phone calls and stay with me on this and you will get the outcome pharmacies is going to go the owners going to go somewhere you going everybody's accountable for stealing my medication and they're selling it out of another store I know exactly what they're doing but you're right you can't feel it other places I go to Walgreens is a class action suit against them for not filling they want to do a urine test on you here with your medical records from your doctor its a HIPAA law the doctors going to lose your license and that's enough that's right now the loss is 450 million Walgreens just got sooo 480 million it's getting crazy out there should be a fill the doctors what to do it deatails at pharmacy what they're going to do and doctors are getting guns and blowing your brains out people are shooti
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I am 27 years old now stuck living with Degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, gout, fibromyalgia and carpel tunnel syndrome, most related to a car accident in 2011 (not my fault). I am on the verge of losing everything because of the pain. I'm also very close to other chronic pain sufferers who are having the same issues as far as medications and the standards the lovely government makes. All because some others abuse the medication, the ones like us have to suffer every day. Unable to get out of bed, shower, get dressed, go to work, run errands, clean their homes, ect. You are causing more harm then good. I understand some standards but you all are classifying us all in the same category as drug seekers which is horrid. We need a change, someone to take a stand and fight for us. We need to feel like we are being treated fairly, getting the best care that we are paying for and LISTENED too!
I HAVE SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS (SCLERODERMA), FIBROMYALGIA, RAYNAUDS PHENOMENON & HYPOTHYROIDISM... 3 OUT THE 4 CAUSE PAIN, ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF PAIN, THAT I NEED NARCOTIC PAIN MEDS FOR, THERE IS NO CURE & I WILL HAVE THESE PAINFUL DISEASES THE REST OF MY LIFE & THE MEDS TOO!! I DON'T TAKE AS HIGH OF A STRENGTH OF MEDS I SHOULD B/C I STILL HAVE PAIN ALL DAY! I KNOW THEY'RE ADDICTING BUT I'VE BEEN ON FOR 6+YRS & HAVE HANDLED IT FINE & MY DOCS KNOW THIS...I GO TO ONE OF THE BEST PAIN CLINICS IN THE U.S. SO LEAVE IT UP TO THEM INDIVIDUALLY TO DECIDE WHAT WE NEED!
Each politician receiving this petition in their emails should come to this website and read ALL the other injustices this new HCP rule is having on Americans or Google: Petition2Congress: First do NO harm.
Please go read what the dysfunctional government is doing to the millions upon millions of chronic pain sufferers that are being affected by this new classification of hydrocodone containing products. Law abiding citizens are paying the price for the criminals who decided, on their own, to MIX HCPs with other drugs. It isn't my fault that, by their own hands, they met their fate; death. My doctor told me, via a phone call, a month before the rule took effect that he was no longer going to prescribe me hydrocodone due to the DEA and FDA's decision to reschedule; he said, "It's just too much trouble". It's not that he doesn't think I need it, because it's been helping me with my chronic pains and that's what WE BOTH decided worked best after a year of trying ALL alternatives. He's no longer prescribing for fear of prosecution from the DEA. Yea, DEA says that doctors should continue prescribing CII drugs if it's warranted; WELL, my case WAS warranted UNTIL DEA, FDA got involved in ME and MY doctors BUSINESS!!! My doctor is scared shitless of the DEA and it's failed WAR ON DRUGS that's he's just not going get involved in practicing medicine. He'll just listen to me ***** and moan that Tylenol 3 isn't doing the job of taking the edge of my pain, charge me my co-pay and "I'll see you in 4 weeks". UNTIL or UNLESS, I find an alternative to legalized medicine. I refuse to keep making appointments and paying money to someone who isn't going to treat me properly, why should I?
REPEAL this asinine, unethical cruel and unusual punishment of a decision TODAY!! Better yet put it to a public VOTE. Then and only then will it have received a FAIR voice. DEA is scared the reclassification will be overturned and that's why they only allowed a short period for comments and were satisfied with the 573 comments they got; not to mention Executive Orders, in place, that REQUIRE 60 days of opened comment periods. What say you?
My mother has skin cancer. She experiences chronic pain. I don't know where to turn for help. Sometimes I wish she was dead because the pain is so unbearable. The doctor refuses to give her pain medication. I worry because I am her only caregiver.
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No patient with chronic, intractable pain, should ever have to beg for an appropriate prescription of opioids
Most people who abuse prescription drugs illicitly obtain them from friends or relatives with legitimate prescriptions. The new law now places a significant burden on patients, the vast majority of whom use them in a legitimate manner.

My husband travels for work weeks at a time and at a moments notice. His doctor tells him he now needs to pick up a 30 day hard copy prescription each month and refill locally.
There is no way he will always have the pain medication he needs when he needs it.

It should be the doctors decision regarding scripts. How are we (those who suffer from chronic pain) supposed to function??
Addicts abuse pain meds to escape from life..pain patients use pain meds to participate in life. Help us to live our lives to the fullest!
Propaganda tells us feeling good is bad and suffering is good! Don't buy this crap anymore! If feeling good is not harming you or maoing you harm amyone...then therebis no problem. They say the same about alcohol. It's not the drink...it's what it does to you. If you drink responsibly ten fine. If it's messing up your life then it's time to get help like any responsible adult handling your problems. Government doesn't get people sober...people do it themselves!
Addicts abuse pain meds to escape from life..pain patients use pain meds to participate in life. Help us to live our lives to the fullest!
Propaganda tells us feeling good is bad and suffering is good! Don't buy this crap anymore! If feeling good is not harming you or maoing you harm amyone...then therebis no problem. They say the same about alcohol. It's not the drink...it's what it does to you. If you drink responsibly ten fine. If it's messing up your life then it's time to get help like any responsible adult handling your problems. Government doesn't get people sober...people do it themselves!
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1999 at work I blew my back out lifting due to a company not having proper equipment on site. Did they help me.NO I was told to f-off and sue me.They had more money and was told I will never win and they will starve me.They did!After a year of hell I did try surgery Three times both anterior and posterior fusions over two years but I was left with cronic nerve pain and was told there was nothing else they can do.I was placed on meds and in time I was able to get somewhat of a life back.14 years later I take my scripts to the pharmacy and I get treated like a junkie and they have nothing like that here????.Just like that and I did nothing wrong.I don't want the pain that is returning and I will not live with it.If they chose to kill me this way I hope they they can live with there self.You can bet if it happen to them they would have there medicine at are cost!
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you in advance for your attention to this serious matter. I live in a semi-rural community, Winchester, VA. I am almost three years out from being treating for stage IIIa triple negative breast cancer. I received very good treatment at the Massey Center in Richmond, Virginia. Now, no doctor will treat me. While I am very grateful for the dense dose chemotherapy and the double mastectomy, the removal of my ovaries and other surgery at VCU Massey that saved my life, this treatment does take a toll. The body is weakened, I have had blood clots, a strangulated hernia, etc. I am slim, do not drink or smoke. I have insurance, and I am in pain. I am scared, symptoms are returning. Yet no doctor will treat me. Doctor David Flack, of Selma Medical Center, dropped me without telling me why. My oncologist at Shenandoah Oncology Center smiles, listens to me, is very nice, nods about the increase swelling, the nodule on my liver, yet Dr. Resta will do himself for my very common post cancer treatment pain and swelling. He did refer me though, to the Virginia Spine and Brain Center for pain management. Today I went the the pain center, The Virginia Spine and Brain Center in Winchester, Virginia. I had spoken with them before the appointment of course, and they assured me cancer treatment related problems were within their scope. They were quite pleasant today. They asked my to urinate into a cup, I thought they were checking for infection. I appreciated the honesty, a nice lady looked me in the eye and said sweetly they were checking for heroin and street drugs. Wow. Okay. Their office, their rules. I complied. This cost me $175.00 out of pocket. I met with a nice doctor who was ever so surprised that I was there for cancer as they only treat spine problems with injections. This contradicting all past information, and why did we waste the $175 plus the office visit. They referred me back to the oncologist. The pain and fatigue are worsening.
I am a young woman, my family needs me. Please, what is going on? My life is miserable, agony, and no one will treat me. I may die unnecessarily due to lazy doctors, fraud and I don't know what. Please help.
I began pain meds in 1984 after a herniated disc. It wasn't 'till 1994 I began Hydrocodone on and off when needed. By 2005, no doctor saw my pain was so bad I was not working good. Then a doctor gave me enough Hydrocodone to help. From 2008 'till now, I was able to build a wonderful business and provide income earning abilities to almost a hundred families and serve thousands of Churches throughout the U.S. and Canada. Without the pain everything comes together. I am creative and motivated. Without the pain meds, I am worthless, totally engulfed by pain. The government is out of control.
I am treated like a criminal by my Doctor and my Government because I have a PAIN !!!!!

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